Today's News

  • Clean air push officially down to wire

    Chattanooga’s top air quality official told U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander that without recent improvements in air quality “the site of the new Volkswagen plant behind us would be a vacant lot.”

    Bob Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, joined Alexander at a recent press conference at the Volkswagen site.

  • Director of Schools Toni McGriff issues her last State-of-Schools report: Schools to go deeper into core curriculum

    Each year seems to be more challenging than the last in public education.

    In 2011-12, Roane County teachers and principals implemented a new evaluation program.

    In both cases, student achievement counts 50 percent of the total score on the individual evaluation.

    Simply put, that means that student test scores are critical to the evaluation of school personnel.

    Since our main focus is student achievement and every decision made is geared toward improving student achievement, it is not unrealistic to measure us that way.

  • Agency forces action after Watts Bar Unit 2 falsification

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to TVA, which agreed to a series of corrective actions regarding the falsification of work records at the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction project in 2010.

    An NRC investigation concluded that two subcontractor employees deliberately falsified documents indicating required work had been done when in fact it had not been. Both subcontractor employees were prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

  • Elk hunt winners announced

    Four persons have won the right to participate in Tennessee’s fourth-ever managed elk hunt to be held in October at North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The winners were recently announced during the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Management Committee meeting 

  • Narramore looks to rebuild Jackets

    Sometimes you don’t have to go far when searching for a new coach.

    When Roane County High School started looking for a coach to take over for Stephen Plemons, they chose one of their own as former Jacket star Colt Narramore will guide the squad next season.

  • Parents in custody

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death are in police custody.

    Officers escorted Matthew Dotson into the Roane County Jail around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Amanda Dotson was picked up in Cocke County. She was booked into the Roane County Jail around 10 p.m.

    The Dotsons were indicted for first-degree murder by the Roane County grand jury.

    Authorities said their son, Clifford, died of severe malnutrition.

  • Facility dispositions waste for 10 years

    After 10 years of operation, the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility has safely dispositioned 1.45 million tons of waste from cleanup projects across the U.S. Department of Energy  Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The facility, which is near the Y-12 National Security Complex, began operating on May 28, 2002.

    This state-of-the-art, engineered disposal facility has a capacity of 2.18 million cubic yards.

  • Marking Year One
  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

  • Roane, state jobless rates drop in April

    Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped marginally in April to 7.2 percent.

    That’s a difference of 0.3 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state reports 25,570 workers in the county’s 27,560 labor force were employed in April.

    In January 2011, the county recorded a jobless rate at 8 percent, 0.8 percent higher than the most recent figures.